Deep learning may bring about profound changes

By Tatsuya Kimura / Yomiuri Shimbun Staff Writer The artificial intelligence technology called deep learning is being increasingly implemented and has the potential to bring about revolutionary changes to society. The self-learning technology is already being used not only for game software but also for medical diagnoses, self-driving cars and robot control systems, among many other applications. Until recently, it was difficult for conventional computers to recognize a cat in a picture, for example, something humans can easily do. To enable a computer to instantly recognize a cat, it formerly was necessary for programmers to input detailed features of a cat into computers. Now, deep learning allows computers to overcome this weakness. By scanning large quantities of data, computers can rapidly learn by themselves to recognize features of cats —…


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